Fairfax, VA asked in Landlord - Tenant for Virginia

Q: Hello,I am a tenant and I was served a garnishment summons from court beacause of a debt that my landlord owned

It is the second time and the first time she paid it herself and this time I have a court hearing set for December but my lease is ending on November and am moving out but since I have no knowledge I did not withhold any amount from the rent of the one last month before my lease termination and came to find out I had to send that amount to the court not to her but my thought was since I was moving out ,I only would have to explain to the court by the hearing date and it will all be over.so would I be held accountable for that 1 month payment I did not withhold before moving out?

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F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: A Garnishment Summons is an Order/Command by the Court for the person who is the Garnishee and was served with the Garnishment to withhold funds or appear in Court to answer to the Judge. If an answer is not filed or an appearance not made, the Garnishee will be held in Contempt of Court.

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